YouTube grows to 1.8 billion monthly registered viewers
Speaking at the Brandcast event, it was confirmed that in the space of 10 months the video site has increased its monthly user base by 300 million, reaching the 1.8 billion mark just recently. It’s worth noting, however, that this figure fails to include viewers that do not have a YouTube account. Wojcicki made no reference to the number of unregistered users that visit the site on a monthly basis, but the figure is sure to be high and could even push YouTube into the 2 billion viewers category. The video site’s CEO did, however, emphasize YouTube’s goal of growing sustainably, confirming the company’s hiring of 10,000 moderators that will manually review videos on the site. The platform will also be making use of stricter policies and guidelines, and new machine learning technology which will ultimately improve upon its efforts even further – the company took down a total of 8.3 million videos in Q4 of 2017.
Aside from moderating content uploads, which total around 400 hours of video every minute, the popular service also highlighted some of its recent successes. These included the 41 million livestream record set by Beyoncé at Coachella and the “Despacito” video surpassing 5 billion views, therefore solidifying its most-viewed video position. Also, YouTube went on to announce a variety of upcoming originals. Among these are new collaborations with the likes of Will Smith and Lebron James, and yet another project with Demi Lovato, while Kevin Hart’s What the Fit is also being renewed.